If you live in Miami and drive with any frequency to the Airport or Miami Beach, I will assume you’ve seen the Burger King building located right off of the Dolphin Expressway (SR836) on the NW 57th Street exit. I would also like to assume that you know that Burger King has been headquartered in Miami since 1959 and that it was initially called Insta-Burger King when it was founded in Jacksonville, FL, in 1953. But maybe you don’t.
The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL, opened on December 4th, 1954, at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot; the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.
Of the original 10 Burger King locations, seven are still operational in the same spots they opened in the 1950s.
The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami:
- 3090 NW 36th Street – now Cladd Motors
- 6091 SW 8th Street – now La Palma Restaurant
- 8995 NW 7th Avenue – now a Snapper’s
- 30390 S Dixie Hwy (Homestead)
- 7975 NW 27th Avenue
- 9201 South Federal Highway (Pinecrest)
- 3051 Coral Way
- 18240 South Dixie Highway (Perrine)
- 891 W. 49th Street (Hialeah)
- 600 E 9 St (Hialeah)
One last fast fact that might interest you, the Whopper, was not always on the menu. The Whopper was the creation of David Edgerton & James McLamore in 1957. It sold for 37 cents. They brought Insta-Burger King to Miami in 1954 and eventually became the co-founders of the Burger King brand a few years later.